The Test

Note our AnandTech Storage Bench doesn't always play well with RAIDed drives and thus we weren't able to run it on the RevoDrive x2.

CPU Intel Core i7 975 running at 3.33GHz (Turbo & EIST Disabled)
Motherboard: Intel DX58SO (Intel X58)
Chipset: Intel X58 + Marvell SATA 6Gbps PCIe
Chipset Drivers: Intel + Intel IMSM 8.9
Memory: Qimonda DDR3-1333 4 x 1GB (7-7-7-20)
Video Card: eVGA GeForce GTX 285
Video Drivers: NVIDIA ForceWare 190.38 64-bit
Desktop Resolution: 1920 x 1200
OS: Windows 7 x64


PCMark Vantage & SYSMark 2007 Performance

With a four controller SF-1200 setup the real performance advantage won't be seen on most desktop workloads.  The RevoDrive x2 is only a few percent faster overall than the original RevoDrive and about 10% faster than a single OCZ Vertex 2. 

PCMark Vantage

In the HDD suite the performance advantage is much greater. The RevoDrive x2 is also a bit quicker than the IBIS, perhaps because of the lack of overhead posed by the HSDL interface. There's a 31% performance improvement over the original RevoDrive. 

PCMark Vantage - HDD Suite

SYSMark shows that most CPU bound desktop workloads won't be impacted by the RevoDrive x2. If your applications are IO bound, expect to see an impact but otherwise there's not much to gain here.

SYSMark 2007 - Overall

Introduction Random & Sequential Read/Write Performance
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  • jav6454 - Thursday, November 4, 2010 - link

    800MB/s Sequential and almost 600MB/s random?! I now wonder where my piggy bank is?

    In all seriousness, OCZ has got a winner here, the only thing I do regret is having few PCIe ports... hopefully the HD6900s series will help open up a port.
  • DanNeely - Saturday, November 6, 2010 - link

    AFAIK A 32 deep IO Queue isn't something you're going to see outside a heavily loaded server. The 150/200 on random and 320/380 on sequential are more in line with what a typical end user will get.
  • Out of Box Experience - Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - link

    I think these Indilynx controllers might be faster than Sandforce for REAL workloads like COPY & PASTE under XP!

    I wish Anand would directly compare copy/paste speeds of both SATA and PCIe SSD's under XP as that IS the Number One Operating System for the forseeable future!

    I think that how an SSD handles non-compressible data or data already on the drive are the most enlightening tests one could do to directly compare SSD Controllers under common workloads

    Now, if OCZ could just make their stuff plug and play under XP without all the endless tweaks, or OS upgrades, we'd have a winner untill Intel starts making PCIe SSD's

    Chant in unison....
    Plug & Play Plug & Play Plug & Play Plug & Play Plug & Play
  • mr woodstock - Friday, November 19, 2010 - link

    XP is still number one .... for now.
    Windows 7 is selling very fast, and people are upgrading constantly.
    Within 3-4 years XP will be all but a memory.
  • boe - Thursday, November 18, 2010 - link

    I agree about PCIe ports. I could swing one x4 or faster PCIe port however since I need about 2TB of storage I'll be needing a lot more slots!
  • mianmian - Thursday, November 4, 2010 - link

    Using such a small connector to mount the daughter card seems not that reliable. I looks going to fall apart someday.
  • puplan - Thursday, November 4, 2010 - link

    There is nothing wrong with the connector. The daughter board is held by 4 screws.
  • GeorgeH - Thursday, November 4, 2010 - link

    I don't see any real reason to doubt that 4x Vertex 2s would perform identically, especially with a discrete RAID card of reasonable quality, but has it actually been verified on the integrated RAID that comes with a "performance mainstream motherboard", both AMD and Intel?

    It wouldn't be incredibly surprising to me to see some previously unknown performance reducing bugs crop up when you start pushing the kinds of numbers we're seeing here with integrated RAID solutions.
  • Minion4Hire - Thursday, November 4, 2010 - link

    Yea, I thought that the max combined bandwidth from ICH10 was something like 660MB/s...?
  • disappointed1 - Thursday, November 4, 2010 - link

    "ICH10 implements the 10Gbit/s bidirectional DMI interface to the "northbridge" device."

    That's 1.25GB/s bidirectional

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